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rude awakening

an occurrence of being made to face an unpleasant fact
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  • Henry refused to believe in this rude awakening from his dreams; he ordered a strict investigation into the charges.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • If such, however, had been the intention, it was destined to a rude awakening.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • Youll have a rude awakening, my friend, if youre building any hopes on me.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • But they had a rude awakening, particularly in the case of Billy.

  • These idealizers of the Liberal Party, which had really definitely ceased to be Liberal in 1894, had a rude awakening.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • How inexplicable it all was in those first dazed moments after that rude awakening!

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson

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